11 great things to do in Dubai this week

Jennifer Lopez
The singer-turned-actor-turned-TV-host returns to what she does best with another live show in Dubai, a city that also welcomed her in 2014 and 2012. One thing is guaranteed with the now 48 year-old – amazing, right? – is that she knows how to put on a show, which anyone at the previous concerts will confirm. Choreography, costume changes, lights… J-Lo always throws everything into it.
When: November 17
Where: Autism Rocks Arena
Price: AED345

ShortList Nightlife Awards Afterparty
Mingle with the winners, nominees and maybe a few stars at our first ever ShortList Nightlife Awards. Once all the awards have been handed out, the party opens up to the public and a regular Thursday night at BASE – although there’s not too much regular about this one as there are rumours that the one and only Jenny from the Block will be making an appearance later on. You won’t want to miss that, right? To come to the awards bit, which is sponsored by BASE, Uber, Red Bull and 800 Tickets, you’ll need to reserve, although space is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
When: 8pm-10pm, Afterparty from 10pm onwards
Where: BASE, d3
Contact: [email protected]

DP World Tour Championships
There was a time when Dubai was synonymous with golf – to the extent that the European Tour’s order of merit competition was officially rebranded as The Race to Dubai. While the sport isn’t quite the all-consuming passion here it once was, there’s no doubt that the UAE remains incredibly important to its aspirational status and commercial bankability. We’re reminded of it again as the curtain comes down on another European season and the continent’s leading players head for Jumeirah Golf Estates for some sunshine and maybe a few more dollars before Christmas. In terms of the race, only two men can win it at the time of going to press: Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood – who is about to extend his lead in South Africa – and Justin Rose, whose late-season flourish has made things interesting. There’s more than just golf, though, with plenty of al fresco entertainment and activations to please everyone.
When: November 16–19
Where: Jumeirah Golf Estates

Dubai International Motor Show
This is the 14th year the show has been held and it remains MENA’s largest automotive event. Bringing together manufacturers, distributors, industry specialists and a load of spinning stages, it is a showcase for launches and innovations from the main players in the sector. There’ll be more than 600 cars on show and 18 big reveals.
When: November 14-18
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
Price: From AED50

Fitness Expo Dubai
Nicely timed to coincide with the all-encompassing Dubai Fitness Challenge, this two-day Expo in The Dubai Mall includes celebrity athlete appearances, competitions, seminars and more than 100 live shows. Try Les Mills, yoga, Zumba, mixed martial arts, parkour and bodybuilding.
When: November 17
Where: The Dubai Mall
Price: From AED100

Dubai Airshow 2017
It seems to be the season for those big business trade fairs that the general public is also interested in. With the cars up the road in the World Trade Centre, it’s all about planes at the other end of the city. Even if you don’t buy a ticket, you’ll see quite a lot of action overhead.
When: November 12-16
Where: Dubai World Central

Santa shuffle From DIFC to the Marina
Santa? Already? Well, yeah, why not? Dubai’s first ever Santa Shuffle takes place on Friday, November 17 with a 15-hour travelling bar hop over three venues. Like, Christmas is only six weeks away, right? It starts in Jekyll & Hyde in DIFC, moves onto The Scene in Dubai Marina – where you can grab a pulled turkey and brie bap – and ends up in Mr Miyagi’s for a Christmas karaoke and dim sum. Ho ho ho!
When: Friday, November 17
Where: Jekyll & Hyde, DIFC

BASE presents TYGA
BASE will be hosting the biggest star of the weekend with a special gig from US-rapper TYGA. The artist who’s on Lil Wayne’s Young Money label, will bring his distinctive vocal flow as the night’s headline turn.
When: 10pm-4am, Friday, November 17
Where: Dubai Design District
Price: It’s free entry for ladies all night, free for men between 10pm and 11pm and AED100 thereafter.
Contact: +971 55 313 4999, website

Plus Minus presents Nastia
One of Ukraine’s finest DJ exports is the star turn at Bridgewater DXB this weekend. Nastia will bring with her a unique brand of techno that has seen her become a mainstay on Kiss FM Ukraine. The night will be warmed up by local artists MO Ezabyy, Tifa and Melu.
When: 9pm-3am, Friday, November 17
Where: Bridgewater DXB, JW Marriott Marquis
Price: Entry is free before 9pm (ladies before 10pm) and AED100 between 9pm and 12am.
Contact: +971 4 414 0000,

Blue Marlin Ibiza presents Magdalena & Satori
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE welcomes one of Ibiza’s most revered DJs, Magdalena this Friday. Specialising in the type of electro trance that will send you onto a higher plane, expect a truly hypnotic set. Co-headliner and fellow chill expert Satori will bring his melodic beats to what promises to be a memorable performance.
When: 1pm-11pm, Friday, November 17
Where: Al Jazira Golden Tulip Hotel
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, website

Justice League (18)
The premise here is that Earth is being targeted by an ancient intergalactic foe who has sensed an opportunity following Superman’s demise. Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince must don their costumes, round up some DC Comics recruits – Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg – and jump into Batman’s mammoth Flying Fox spaceship and meet the forces of Apokolips, and their warrior Steppenwolf, head on. But what of Superman? There’s a chance he might join the party.  As will Wonder Woman.
In cinemas from November 16

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